The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms. Mayawati ji has welcomed the decision of Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court in which it had directed the Central Government to amend the law to prosecute the government employees involved in the food grain scam and gave three
month’s time to the Uttar Pradesh Government to give sanction to initiate case against its officers involved in these scams. She said that stringent action should be taken against the persons involved in this scam.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that after coming in power in May, 2007 she had made it clear that her government would create development oriented atmosphere free from injustice, crime, terror and corruption in the State and she got complete success in this regard. She said that she had already
warned that her government would not spare the guilty persons involved in food grain scam. She had made the apprehension that the office bearers and officers of the then Samajwadi Party government were involved in it. The Central
Government had not made CBI inquiry into this scam despite her several requests in this regard. This had made it clear that the earlier SP Government had the full protection of the Centre. The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that she had taken the decision on 1st December, 2007 to handover the investigation of food grain scam to CBI between March 2004 and October 2005. She felt great shock with this criminal act of stealing the bread of poor. She said that her government had made resolve that this case could reach to its logical conclusion, how ever highly placed officer or public servant had a role in this scam.
She said that the decision given by Hon’ble High Court, her apprehension in this regard had become true. The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that white collared criminals involved in this scam should be exposed in National interest. It may be recalled that the State Government had given the investigation work of this scam to Special Investigation Team (SIT) under anti-corruption drive. Through the preliminary inquiry report of SIT, the multi-dimensional and large scale form of this scam was exposed. In this report, it came to light that the food grain allotted for Antyodaya Yojana,
Annapurna Yojana, Mid-day-meal Scheme, BPL Food Grain Scheme and Sampurna Gramin Rojgar Yojana had been sold in National and International market with the connivance of State and Central Government high level officers of different departments and other public servants. It also exposed that this food grain was sold through fraudulent documents under a well planned conspiracy.